(AP) It’s a time-honored tradition in Wisconsin: The owner of the paper making business takes his or her family and friends to the local paper mill for a few hours, and they are taught the basics of papermaking.
They get some practice in the process, but they don’t learn the finer points of the craft.
This is a place where a lot of people make a living, but a lot have trouble with learning the fundamentals of the art.
“There’s not much knowledge there,” said Scott Lattin, a former papermaker at Wausau Papermakers in Beloit.
“The more you learn, the less you want to come back.”
Lattunas parents started Wausam papermaking in the 1950s, and now, his father and the Lattus work with local families and businesses in Wausaukee to produce the papers that make up their businesses.
“They are the backbone of our business,” Lattanys father, Jim Lattini, said.
Lattinis father, who owns several businesses including Wausanewan Papermakers, started Wauam Papermakers as a way to help provide a livelihood for the family.
But when the papermaking business shut down in the 1980s, the family was left with little to show for their years of investment.
“We could have put the business back, but we didn’t want to lose everything that we worked so hard for,” Littini said.
“That’s why we decided to sell the business.”
The family decided to reopen the business, and in 2008 they opened Wausa Papermakers.
They use local materials and tools and now have three papermaking shops and five papermaking workshops, which make up about 90% of their business.
The family has been making paper for more than 50 years.
The oldest, Wausami Papermakers and Makers, opened in the late 1970s.
Today, Lattinos son and the family have expanded to Wausawem Papermakers (Lattini’s wife and the father of the company’s current president, Greg Lattlin), Wauswanewan Makers (Littini and the mother of the business), and Wausawa Papermakers .
The Lattis’ oldest businesses have been around since the late 1990s, including Wauas Papermakers since 2004, and Wauawan Papermaking since 2015.
The business was started by a family that had lived in Wisconsin for generations and had been a staple in the paper manufacturing community.
Lettin said he started the business in 1971 to help feed the family and his family members while he was growing up.
“I wanted to help my parents, who were always trying to make money and make money,” Lettini said, adding that he would work two jobs to provide for the families.
He had worked as a paper cutter at the local lumber yard for years, and when the company folded, he was able to start the business.
“It was kind of a no-brainer,” Lottini said of the decision to open the business on his own.
The Lettins are the only family in Wauwans history that makes paper.
It’s not the family’s only venture.
The other family that makes its own paper is the Littins’ brother, Jim, who also makes and sells paper.
The papermaking industry was created in the early 1800s by a group of Indian immigrants, who settled in Wisconsin in the 1800s.
The immigrants brought with them a unique understanding of the trade.
They developed the business of making paper, a process that is now known as “papermaking,” and they used the skills and knowledge they learned in the cotton fields to start their own business.
That is why, Littin said, the paper industry is one of the oldest in the United States.
“My dad was the first one in the business,” he said.
The name Wausawiem came from a place on the Wauswa River in Wisconsin.
It means “water of the river,” and the name of the family business is derived from a word “wiwa,” meaning “water.”
The business started out making paper in the 1920s and the early 1930s, but by the 1960s it was a family business.
Now, the business makes paper from all of the same materials used in the textile industry.
“What we are doing is we are going back to the roots of what we did in the 18th century,” Lippi said.
They say their ancestors made the paper they are using today, and the company is looking to do the same for the papermakers of the future.
“If you are a paper maker, you should know the history of paper making,” Lillitini said about the family tradition.